Forest Walks and more

Forest Walks and more

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Join us and discover more of Epping Forest

A varied programme of walks throughout the Forest is organised by Epping Forest Heritage Trust. Led by knowledgeable Forest enthusiasts, these walks provide an opportunity to find out more about the Forest. Some are a gentle stroll, while others are taken at a faster pace. The walks are free, but donations to support the work of the Trust are welcome.

Please come suitably dressed for walking in the Forest, which can be wet and muddy. For help in getting to the meeting points, please contact 020 8508 9061 (during office hours) or email .

Walks and activities are free, but donations to support us are welcome.

Sound installation "Echoes" by artist, Ellie Wilson

Thursday 16 January to Sunday 1 March 2010 

Simply pop along to the Epping Forest Visitor Centre during opening hours (Thurs day to Sunday 10am – 3pm) and pick up some headphones to enjoy a different perspective on the ancient Forest around you.

Violinist composer, Ellie was supported as an Artist-in-Residence by the City of London and her composition “Echoes” unearths storis of the Forest inspiring a set of new music compositions exploring the human impact on the Forest, through the centuries; including Iron Age hillforts, WWII bomb craters, Thomas Willingale and more.  For further information, visit her website:

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Big Garden Bird Watch - Family Activity

Saturday 25 January 11 am – 2 pm

Drop in to the Visitor Centre at High Beach between 11am and 2pm.  Join in our one hour bird counts, try some crafty bird activities and find out more about how our birds are doing.  Watch our Facebook page to learn more:

Meet: Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

The Changing Face of Snaresbrook

Sunday 16 February 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join local historian Lynn Haseldine-Jones for a walk in the now less rural parts of Woodford, learning a little of the families who shaped this area and why the Forest is as it is today.

Meet: At the Forest Car Park on the south side of Snaresbrook Road, London E18 (not far from Eagle Pond) IG10 4HH.  Grid Ref: TQ395 890

The Lost Roads

Sunday 19 April  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Verderer Michael Chapman to explore the lost roads of the northern parishes of the Forest.  enjoy good views of the City in one direction and the Hertfordshire ridge in the other.

Meet: Gooseberry Hall, Epping Green.  Access via Carters lane, from Epping Upland CofE Primary School and the follow Open Garden Signs.

Grid Ref: TQ 403 055

A Tribute to Cyril Arthur Pearson and his "Fresh Air Fund"

Sunday 7 June 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

From 1894 the “Ragged School Union” brought the poorest children form the East End to Loughton to enjoy a day in the fresh air.  Georgina Green will lead us in their footsteps, to the site of the “Shaftesbury Retreat” and on to Debden Slade.

Meet: At the car park at the junction of Smart’s Lane and the High Road, Loughton.  Accessible by foot from Loughton underground station on the Central Line, just as the children did 100 years ago.

Discovering Knighton Woods

Saturday 28 March  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come and join Ron and Pat Andrews for a walk exploring Knighton Woods and Lords Bushes in Buckhurst Hill. Now an isolated fragment of the Forest, it has a fascinating history and an interesting variety of trees and ponds.

Meet: At the Forest Car Park, Knighton Woods, Knighton Lane, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5HQ. Grid Ref: TQ407 936. Accessible by foot from Buckhurst Hill underground station on the Central Line.

Flowers and Insects in Wanstead Park

Sunday 17 May  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Led by naturalist Tricia Moxey, a journey to discover some of the fascinating wildlife found in Wanstead Park in springtime.

Meet: At the Tea Hut near the entrance to the Park from Northumberland Avenue, Wanstead, E12 5EZ.  Grid Ref: TQ415 870.  

There is some parking in Northumberland Road adjacent to the Park

Activities over Half Term and Easter

February 17 – 21

Watch for family activities – details soon!

Upcoming programme

We’re working on detailed pages, with maps, etc, so check back soon.

Meanwhile, visit us at the Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AF, Grid-Ref: TQ412981

About our walks

We have organised walks in the Forest for nearly 50 years. Our Celebration walk  began in 1978. Download one of the earlier publications about the walk, by clicking here.